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jDays 2016 Round-Up

by Abraham Marín Pérez on  Mar 14, 2016

On 8th and 9th March, the jDays Conference was hosted in Gothenburg, Sweden, followed by an additional day of optional workshops. Currently in its third edition, jDays congregated forty speakers from several different countries, who covered a varied range of topics with a special emphasis in the Java language, methodologies and practices, and front-end technologies.

Role of Business Analysis in Agile

by Ben Linders on  Mar 10, 2016

An interview with Erin McManus and Ryan McKergow about the need for business analysis in agile, how agile impacts the role of the business analyst, the changes that they have seen in business analysis when agile is being adopted, and specific business analysis practices that that they can recommend for agile teams.

Leadership Fit for the 21st Century: Intent-based Leadership

by Ben Linders on  Mar 03, 2016

This third post and last in the series on leadership fit for the 21st century covers the keynote given by David Marquet at the evening seminar on leadership fit for the 21st century about intent-based leadership and the leader-leader model.

Nurturing and Growing Agile Teams

by Ben Linders on  Mar 02, 2016

Andy Kelk talked about nurturing and growing agile teams at 1st Conference in Melbourne, Australia. His talk is based on the blog post Culture Gardening.

Building an Empathy Driven Product Vision

by Shane Hastie on  Feb 22, 2016

Savita Pahuja and Mirana Kerner, agile coaches at Palo-IT in Singapore, ran a workshop at the Agile Tour Singapore conference on the importance of creating an emotional connection when preparing a product vision, and how visualisation techniques can help. The talk covered Empathy Driven Product Vision – the art of creating an impactful product vision using emotions and magic of visual effects.

Leadership Fit for the 21st Century: Empowering People is Impossible

by Ben Linders on  Feb 18, 2016

This second post in the series on leadership fit for the 21st century covers the talk given by Jenni Jepsen from goAgile in which she explains that we cannot empower people, and provides ideas for creating an organization where people feel empowered.

Agile Alliance Sponsored Community Event in Costa Rica Covers Many Approaches

by Shane Hastie on  Feb 16, 2016

The Agile Alliance board met in Costa Rica last week, and they hosted an event for the local Agile community, with speakers from the Board and the community on topics ranging from applying the agile mindset to business challenges to evolutionary architecture, the need for clarity in all aspects of communication, creating a collaborative community and building a "bossless" company

Organisational Learning and the Importance of Real Communication

by Ben Linders on  Feb 11, 2016

InfoQ interviewed Stephen Carver about how bringing in procedures and rules often doesn't help to prevent problems, enabling communication between engineers working in different companies, taking learnings from failure to a next level to prevent similar problems, and what engineers can do if they want to influence decisions on developing and releasing products.

Road Mapping Your Way to Agile Fluency

by Ben Linders on  Feb 09, 2016

Kelsey van Haaster will give a talk at 1st Conference about how to develop a road map to agile fluency for teams and organisations. InfoQ interviewed her about the possible ways to do an agile fluency assessment, example of findings and improvement opportunities that came out of the assessments and things that she learned, and advice for readers who want to use the agile fluency model.

How Cloud-Based Development Makes AutoScout24 More Agile

by Ben Linders on  Feb 08, 2016

InfoQ interviewed Erik Doernenburg and Philipp Garbe from AutoScout24 about what made them decide to switch to the cloud and which benefits they expected, and how they manage computing resources using the cloud. InfoQ also asked them to give some examples showing how the cloud helps to deploy DevOps and to explain why teams are interested in working in an agile way and are eager to try new things.

Building an Agile Organization Using Business Mapping

by Ben Linders on  Feb 04, 2016

Dan North gave a talk about business mapping at the Scaling Agile for the Enterprise 2016 congress in Brussels. InfoQ interviewed him about the problems that he sees from a business perspective when the IT part of an organization adopts agile, and asked him what business mapping is and how it can help organizations to increase their agility.

How Testability Can Help Teams to Go Faster

by Ben Linders on  Feb 03, 2016

At the Agile Practitioners 2016 conference Huib Schoots talked about testability. He stated that low testability, anything that makes our software hard to test, slows teams down, and explored how testability can be increased.

Technical Debt and Team Morale when Maintaining a Large System

by Ben Linders on  Jan 26, 2016

Thomas Bradford talked about his experience with maintaining a monolith Java based system with zero test coverage and large technical debt at the Agile Testing Days 2015. InfoQ interviewed him about the problems that they had maintaining the system and the technical debt that had been build up, why they decided to take a different approach and how they improved team morale.

CoachRetreats: A Way to Practice Coaching Skills

by Ben Linders on  Jan 23, 2016 1

A coachRetreat is a "safe to fail" learning platform where participants can try different approaches to coaching. In a coachRetreat participants explore the way that people interact in a given situation and can learn to view a situation from different perspectives to improve their coaching skills. An interview with Oana Juncu, Elad Sofer and Yves Hanoulle.

Leadership Fit for the 21st Century: Challenges in an Agile Environment

by Ben Linders on  Jan 21, 2016

This first post in the series on leadership fit for the 21st century covers the talk given by Hendrik Pothof from ING and Michael Bres from Axis into Management about leadership challenges in an agile environment.

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